So lately there has been quite a bit of buzz about the new Pod HDs and the Axe FX II. Like others, I've looked into "upgrading" to one of these newer units and have decided not to. I tried a Pod HD500 and sent it back as I actually prefer the tone (and all the additional features) of my Pod X3 Pro. I used an Axe Fx Ultra for a short period of time and was definitely impressed with it. My concern with it was that if anything went wrong with it, I don't have another $2,000 to shell out on a moments notice. All said, I spent the better part of a decade searching for and purchasing both pedals and amps I wanted. Shortly before purchasing my GSP1101 I had a very impressive pedalboard and somehow I was lucky enough not to suffer any serious "tone suck" as others have. After purchasing my GSP1101, I spent months of testing (A/B-ing) and decided that the GSP1101 stays......the pedals go. I cannot believe just how amazing this unit sounds. Its probably considered "outdated" with all the new products on the market. Also, it definitely doesn't have the "Cool Factor" in owning one as some of the newer stuff out there. But its a serious tone machine. Add in the beta firmware and its ability to add custom cabinet IRs (which I purchased from RedWirez) and this thing is amazing. I've used a Framus Cobra, Diamond NitroX, Peavey 5150 & Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier on stage before. These days, I show up and plug my GSP1101 into the effects return of a tube amp and then run its XLR outputs to the board. Never have I had such amazing tone and it all comes in a single rack space unit. Typically, when I play with other bands, they are usually curious about the GSP as I'm setting up but think I'm nuts for relying on it so heavily for my tone (Eyebrows have been raised). Even some of the novice guitarists which show up with poor sounding Spider 4 amps think I'm crazy. However, after every single show I've done with this unit people always come RUNNING up to me (usually after our first set) asking how the heck I'm getting such great tone. I usually just smile and point at the GSP1101, and nobody can believe it. Its a shame this piece of gear doesn't get the attention it deserves!